Frank Drendel served as CommScope‘s CEO after founding the company in 1976 as a North Carolina corporation based in Hickory until the acquisition of CommScope by The Carlyle Group in January 2011. He has served as chair since 1997, when CommScope was spun off from General Instrument Corp. (subsequently renamed General Semiconductor Inc.) and became an independent, publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.
CommScope has grown into a multibillion-dollar global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks spanning the globe. Through organic growth and acquisitions of Avaya Connectivity Solutions, Andrew Corp. and TE Connectivity Broadband Network Solutions, the company established leadership positions in key markets – wireless, business enterprise, telecom and cable television/residential broadband – that continue today.
Drendel is a director of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (the principal trade association of the cable industry in the U.S.) and the SCTE Executive Council. He previously served as a director of Sprint Nextel Corp. from 2005 to 2008 and as a director of Nextel Communications Inc. from 1997 to 2005. He also served on the board of directors for Tyco International Ltd., The Cable Center and C-SPAN.